AM General’s BRV-O™ JLTV Successfully Demonstrates Game Changing Design And Capabilities At U.S. Government Event — Press Release
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JLTV Program Will Fill Capabilities Gap In Light Tactical Vehicle Fleet
QUANTICO, Va., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – AM General, a global leader in design, manufacture and support of light tactical military vehicles, recently showcased the maturity and exceptional performance of its newest offering in the light tactical vehicle market — the Blast Resistant Vehicle – Off road (BRV-O™) entry for the U.S. Government’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program during a two week event hosted by the Joint Program Office (JPO) for JLTV at the Transportation Demonstration Support Area (TDSA), Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. (high res images available at media contact below).
The JPO event was an active, hands-on, demonstration of vehicle capabilities and technologies where dignitaries from across all spectrums of government and military discussed the vital need to bridge a capabilities gap that exists in the current light tactical vehicle fleet. The proposed “gap-filler” to address survivability, mobility, maintainability and affordability issues in the light tactical vehicle fleet will be the JLTV.
During the demonstration, the AM General JLTV BRV-O prototypes completed the military’s severe off-road track (SORT) without fail, allowing military and congressional leaders to observe and experience the company’s game changing light tactical vehicle design and superior capabilities.
The SORT was comprised of difficult off-road obstacles and allowed AM General to demonstrate its vehicle’s exceptional capabilities while maneuvering steep incline/declines, log climbs, gravel pits, hairpin turns and rugged terrain.
“The two week JPO event provided participants an excellent opportunity to learn more about AM General’s truly innovative BRV-O that embodies how we as a company have listened to our customers and have incorporated more than 50 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and supporting the light tactical military vehicle fleet,” said AM General Vice President, Business Development and Program Management, Chris Vanslager. “During the event, the AM General team was able to successfully demonstrate its game changing improvements in vehicle survivability, affordability, sustainability, transportability, versatility, agility and safety.”
The new BRV-O™ represents more than a decade of AM General investment in research, development and testing for this next-generation vehicle for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. In August 2012, the company’s proposal for JLTV was selected for a $64.5 million Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) contract. As one of three competitors, AM General is building 22 BRV-O™s for delivery in August and subsequent government testing. These will include a 4-seat variant Combat Tactical Vehicle incorporating three different mission packages and a 2-seat variant Combat Support Vehicle for the utility mission package to support the full spectrum of military operations.
Vanslager added, “We are setting the pace on integrating components, meeting timelines, delivering other requirements while working closely with our military customer representatives on a daily basis. Low-risk, high-quality and affordability is what our customer requires, and we, at AM General, have more than five decades of experience and the heritage of manufacturing light tactical vehicles to deliver those requirements, on time and at the affordable price.”
Over its long history, AM General has produced more than 1.5 million light tactical vehicles in defense of this country’s freedom – far more than any other American company. BRV-O™ features a crew capsule of modular armor design currently undergoing government blast testing. The BRV-O™ design can be readily adapted to future changes in U.S. military missions, enemy threats and new protection technologies as they emerge. BRV-O™ also features AM General’s lightweight, fuel efficient and high performance engine and transmission powertrain; a self-leveling suspension system; a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power; and other advanced components.
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.
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Lockheed Martin, AM General and Oshkosh Defense are producing and preparing their Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototypes for the final test, scheduled to begin in August 2013. three competitors will enter the race with 66 vehicles, only one...
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It is now being reported that Navistar (NAV) will not pursue its protest of the JLTV EMD contracts awarded almost two weeks ago. They did this after Labor Day.
The three Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) contracts were awarded three weeks ago. They were given to AM General, Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Oshkosh. The Navistar and General Dynamics (GD) proposals did not win.
Navistar had protested right at the end of the window to do so and after receiving their debrief from the Army. By doing this it placed the execution of the contracts on hold until the protest was resolved.
It looks like Navistar filed the protest to make sure they hit the window. After reviewing more information they decided to withdraw it. There has still been no indications that GD will go ahead with one.
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Two weeks ago the Army awarded 3 contracts for further efforts on the HUMVEE replacement, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The proposals from Lockheed Martin (LMT), Oshkosh (OSK) and AM General were selected. The Navistar and General Dynamic (GD) ones were not. The value of these contracts were between $55-65 million and are for the first year of a two to three year process to build and test prototypes. At the end of this one will be chosen to go into production.
The JLTV program has the potential to be quite large as the estimated quantities are in the tens of thousands. The current cost estimate for production is about $13 billion. This does not take into account future support and parts contracts as well as the potential for foreign and direct military sales to U.S. allies.
It has now come out that Navistar filed a protest late Friday near the end of the ten day period. The losers were supposedly briefed on Thursday as to why their proposals were not chosen.
The filing of the protest means the contracts cannot be executed until it is resolved. The General Accountability Office (GAO) has 100 days to do this. The result could be an overturning of the awards and direction to do a new contest or directing the Army to review its selection process. In some cases the GAO has awarded the protester the contract over the winner.
As the defense budget shrinks and contracts become more valuable to the different defense contractors protests should increase. This was the trend in the Nineties when there was the last major contraction in U.S. spending.
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This is an article I wrote for Seeking Alpha on the JLTV program and its potential for the recent winners of the development contracts.
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The Army as part of the ongoing Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract which ultimately will lead to a replacement for the HUMVEE awarded 3 contracts yesterday to companies to conduct Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) work. This should lead ultimately to the selection of one or perhaps two of them to produce the vehicle. The JLTV program could build tens of thousands of the light trucks for use by the U.S. military and many allied nations.
The teams selected for the continued effort were AM General, the current HUMVEE supplier, Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Oshkosh (OSK).
The initial contracts are in the $55-65 million range and will begin a little over two year effort of prototype development and testing which should then lead to a Milestone C Low Rate Initial Production Decision in 2015-16.
The practice of funding multiple EMD contractors and then choosing a winner was the successful acquisition strategy used for the MRAP-AT program in 2008 that led to Oshkosh producing thousands of those lighter, more maneuverable Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks for use in Afghanistan.
This is the second attempt at the JLTV as an earlier contest was cancelled due to the size and cost of the systems being developed.
The new JLTV will be more rugged then the HUMVEE taking the lessons learned from the last decade of fighting into account.
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LIVONIA, Mich., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AM General LLC will exhibit its Blast-Resistant Vehicle – Off Road (BRV-O) for the first time at the Defense Industrial Base Expo of the National Defense Industrial Association in Warren on May 15-16.
AM General, whose Engineering and Product Development Center is based in Livonia, announced in March it is backing two separate proposals for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. BRV-O is based on more than a decade of the company’s own investments in research, development and testing for the next-generation light tactical military vehicle.
BRV-O features a crew capsule and modular armor already proven effective in government-supervised blast testing. This AM General design can be readily adapted to future changes in U.S. military missions, enemy threats and new protection technologies as they emerge. BRV-O also features a self-leveling suspension system, a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power, and other advanced components. These and other mature subsystems make BRV-O a highly mobile and versatile platform that meets or exceeds 100 percent of JLTV EMD phase evaluation criteria including protection, performance, payload, transportability, reliability and affordability.
The lightweight, fuel efficient and high performance Optimizer 3200 engine powering BRV-O also will be exhibited at the expo, along with other products of General Engine Products and General Transmission Products, subsidiaries of AM General. The six-cylinder, 3.2 liter, sequentially-turbocharged engine is rated at 300 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. GEP will also introduce its proposed solution for the Next Generation Combat Engine based on Optimizer 3200 technology.
More information on AM General, General Engine Products and BRV-O is at www.amgeneral.com. More information on the expo is at http://www.ndia-mich.org/Base_expo.aspx. The annual show is open to U.S. military personnel, government employees and NDIA members.
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers with more than six decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries. The AM General business units include two wholly-owned subsidiaries, General Engine Products, a diesel engine manufacturer, and General Transmission Products, an automatic transmission manufacturer. AM General is supported by approximately 1,500 employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.
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This is an exclusive article I wrote for Seeking Alpha discussing the bids for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) EMD contract.
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As the Pentagon re-evaluates its budget priorities in the coming months and years as it faces the potential for major reductions some new programs may be scaled back or cut. New systems that were a priority a few years ago in order to replace existing hardware that is now considered too old or not right for current operations may suddenly be seen as not necessarily being worth the amount of investment required. There are rumblings that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to replace the ubiquitous HUMVEE made by AM General might be one of those being considered.
The HUMVEE began replacing the M151 Jeep in the Eighties and has seen steady production for almost thirty years. Tens of thousands have been made for use by all parts of the U.S. military as well as many allies across the globe. Faced with the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat in Iraq and Afghanistan its level of protection and armament was found wanting. Different up-armored variants were made but a new program, JLTV, was started to replace it.
Last year the Army decided not to buy anymore for itself as it had reached the number it required. It looked like the HUMVEE line would close out. It remains open as there are still Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and the other Services are buying some as well as the Army deciding to keep some production. The JLTV program, though, was continuing with planned production starting in 2013.
The JLTV used competitive prototyping and is currently testing three different vehicles in the Technology Development phase of the acquisition cycle. Teams of companies including BAE Systems (BAE:LSE), General Dynamics (GD) with AM General, and Lockheed Martin (LMT) have built prototypes two of which will be chosen for the next phase; Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD); which will then be the basis for the production decision. The JLTV due to the requirement for so many vehicles has the potential for billions of dollars in business over the next thirty years.
It is now being reported that the JLTV budget is being reduced which may cause schedule delays deferring when the JLTV enters service. The Army is also looking at starting a program to upgrade HUMVEE vehicles for itself and the Marine Corps. This would be cheaper then buying a whole new system and also delay the need for the JLTV.
If things get as bad financially as they have in the past then there may be a chance that the military is told to make do with what they have which would lead to elimination of the JLTV and the HUMVEE recapitalization program. No matter what happens the U.S. military is entering a period of a challenging budget climate and there may be more new programs in the same situation.
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The U.S. Army made some waves earlier this year when they said that they would no longer buy any more HUMVEE vehicles. This ubiquitous jeep replacement has been made in the thousands over the last thirty years. The Army’s decision was based on the fact that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) replacement program is supposed to go into production in the next two years and their needs have been met partly due to the fact that losses of HUMVEE vehicles were less then estimated in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The decision by the Army was met with some concern by AM General where the HUMVEE is made. It is in production for the other services and that will continue for the time being. In some good news for the company an order was placed recently for five hundred of the vehicles. This is worth over $50 million in value.
There is nothing wrong with the basic HUMVEE but the JLTV will incorporate lessons from current operations by having better integrated armor and some protection against the IED and mine threat.
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In their 2011 budget request the Army reports that 2011 will be the last year of procurement for the ubiquitous AM General HUMVEE light truck. This four wheeled vehicle replace the venerable Jeep in U.S. military service in 1984. The HUMVEE will still be available for purchase by other U.S. services and for sales overseas but the Army states it has met its Acquisition Objective. There will also be contracts to maintain the existing fleet of vehicles.
The Army though does provide about half the market for the vehicle so the loss will be a blow to AM General. There is a new program in development called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that will when complete start replacing the HUMVEE. The U.S. is also investing in thousands of new trucks. Losses in Iraq and Afghanistan have been substantial but one of the reasons HUMVEE production is ending is recently there have been less damaged or destroyed then estimated.
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The U.S. Department of Defense executed an option to buy 1,700 more HUMVEE vehicles as part of an existing contract with AM General. WNDU.com reports the award is worth over $250 million. The U.S. military will soon be moving to replace the HUMVEE with the JLTV vehicle, but there is still requirements for thousands of these vehicles. Iraq and Afghanistan have been especially harsh on the modern jeep and versions with more and better weapons and armor have been developed.
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The US Army announced the three teams of companies that will be awarded development contracts for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The companies have a little over two years to develop a prototype vehicle for a series of tests. Then at least one, but hopefully from the DoD side possibly two, of the teams will be awarded production contracts. BAE is on two of the winning teams, those led by Navistar and Lockheed Martin. The third winning team was a new company, General Tactical Vehicles, made up of AM General and General Dynamics. The contract has the potential to be large with tens of thousands of JLTV vehicles being procured to replace the HUMVEE.
See Crain’s Detroit Business for the story.
Cross posted at BNET.
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AM General was awarded a contract to build more HUMVEES for the Army. See a press release here. The contract is worth over $240 M. The HUMVEE is the ubiquitous jeep replacement in the US military. Although the soft skinned version has been replaced in Iraq and Afghanistan by up armored versions and MRAPS, the US military still uses thousands of them all over the world as a general purpose vehicle.